Recently, Google launched its Nexus 7 tablet in collaboration with ASUS. Given its specs, the tablet is very cheap and comes with a price tag of $199 and $249 for 8 gig and 16 gig versions respectively. Besides carrying a pretty cheap price tag, the device runs Google’s latest version of Android, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Nexus 7 has set up a new benchmark for how a budget tablet device should look and perform like.
Speaking of budget tablets, a manufacturer named Karbonn Mobiles has launched a MIPS based tablet which also runs latest version of Android, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. There are few tablets at the moment which boot Jelly Bean out of the box, but that’s not the reason behind its fame. It has attracted our attention due to its low price tag. Karbonn Mobiles of India has started shipping Karbonn Smart Tab 1, the lowest cost tablet in its class in the market, for INR 6990, which converts to just $125, which is very cheap if we take a look at its specs sheet and not to mention it is running latest flavor of Android.
Karbonn Smart Tab 1 has a 7 inch touchscreen display (17.8 cm diagonally across) with 480 x 800 pixel resolution which is pretty good and standard for the segment it belongs to. Under the hood is a single core 1.2GHz X-Burst processor. The manufacturer also packs in a 2 megapixel front facing camera and expandable storage slot which supports up to 32GB. A 3.5 mm jack a miniUSB port is provided too. The tablet is powered by 3,700-mAh battery and Karbonn claims it can deliver up to 8 hours of video playback and up to 7 hours of Internet browsing. Connectivity options include WiFi, and the device doesn’t house a GPS radio, which is the case in most of the WiFi only tablets out there in the market. The manufacturer bundles the device with a 3G dongle in order to add 3G connectivity option. Other features include a HDMI out port, which will connect to any TV with HDMI port and convert the TV into an Android TV as the tablet screen will be displayed on the TV. The user can then watch video or surf internet on the TV.
The tablet comes with decent specs sheet and performance to match, and the freebies that it is bundled with makes it one of the most reasonable tablets from an established player. Will it ever make it to US soil? We don’t think so as this tablet is intended to help students in the Indian education sector, nevertheless, you may find similar device from a Chinese manufacturer on sites like eBay, though its reliability is debatable. What are your thoughts on Karbonn Smart Tab 1? Would you buy it if it were available for purchase over here? Let us know using the comment form below.